The SIDFP e-Bulletin gives members and partners a heads-up about upcoming events and new resources. We use it to introduce new people to the Division and talk about some of our accomplishments. The e-Bulletin is distributed every second Thursday. The deadline for submission is the previous Thursday. To submit and item or should you wish to be added to the mailing list please email us at email@example.com.
August 8, 2019 South Island Division E-Bulletin
PRIMARY CARE NETWORK PLANNING
The SIDFP has continued to meet with member physicians, Island Health, and the Ministry of Health since the initial meeting with the Ministry in December 2018.
Both geographies are moving towards signed Letters of Intent and have initiated multiple working groups.
For updates, a summary of approvals and more details, please click through to our Primary Care Network page.
SOUTH ISLAND PHYSICIAN LEADERSHIP AND ENGAGEMENT WORKING GROUP MEETINGS
All members of the South Island Division of Family Practice are invited to join us at the newly formed South Island Physician Leadership and Engagement Working Group. The purpose of this meeting is for members to provide their input regarding the South Island Primary Care Networks. Topics to be discussed include engagement, change management and physician compensation. This group will meet on a monthly basis for 2 hours with both in-person and teleconference attendance options.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, August 26th, 2019 at the Saanich Commonwealth Place. At the request of one of the Chairs, this meeting will run from 5:30-8:00pm. Sessionals will be provided for the regularly scheduled 2 hours.
When: Monday, August 26th, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 pm
Where: Saanich Commonwealth Place, Douglas Fir Room (4636 Elk Lake Dr, Victoria, BC)
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org by end of day Aug. 21st
Catering will be arranged for those attending in person – if you have any dietary considerations (or mobility), please include these in your RSVP.
The meeting room has a maximum capacity so it will be important to RSVP to each individual meeting and state whether you plan to attend in person or via teleconference. In-person seats will be confirmed by the Division Office as RSVPs come in until all available seats have been filled. Any remaining attendees will be able to attend via teleconference. If you plan to attend via teleconference, please let the office know so the line is opened.
If anyone attends the meeting who has not RSVP’d, there will not be space to accommodate you in the room and you will not be granted access. Similarly, if you have RSVP’d for an in-person seat and will not be able to attend, please let the office know so that we may fill your seat.
Teleconference information is as follows:
ROOM #: 941-101-606
IN THE NEWS
UBC IMG FAMILY PRACTICE ROS RESIDENTS – CHANGE OF PROCESS
The UBC IMG residency program provides an opportunity for Canadians who have trained in medical schools outside Canada to apply for and obtain medical residency positions in Canada. In accordance with the terms of their ROS contract with the Ministry of Health, successfully matched applicants must complete a two (2) year ROS requirement, in communities identified by the Health Authorities. In previous years, only clinics in RSA-designated communities were eligible to participate in the program.
This year, eligibility has been extended to also include clinics in both urban and semi-urban communities, representing a significant shift in the processes to equitably address evolving need within the region.
NOTE: Given the tight timeline for the submission of applications for the placement of physicians who will be practice ready in the summer of 2020, intake has been limited to practices with current recruitment needs, actively advertised via the SIDFP Career's webpage (and other advertising mechanisms).
With this process change, Divisions of Family Practice and Island Health are working together to redesign and improve the annual process going forward. The partners will continue to work together to further strengthen the processes and associated opportunities to support retention.
Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact Island Health at Physicians@viha.ca.
BCCFP NEW INITIATIVE TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE VALUE OF FPs
The BC College of Family Physicians (BCCFP) Board has approved an exciting new initiative to raise awareness about the value of family physicians in health care delivery. To read more about the initiative and the phased timeline, please see the BCCFP eBLAST here.
COMPASS SUMMER INFO SESSIONS
The Compass program is hosting some summer information sessions to help explain how Compass Mental Health can support you in treating children and youth in your community. The sessions will be held July 18th and August 28th. Register at CompassBC.ca
RECRUITMENT UPDATE: PRACTICE SURVIVAL SKILLS CONFERENCE
As part of the continued ramp-up of physician recruitment efforts, Gary Clarke (SIDFP Recruitment Co-ordinator) attended the Practice Survival Skills Conference in Vancouver on Saturday 15 June, 2019. The conference was also attended by Helen Welch (Victoria Division Recruiter), as well as representatives from the Cowichan Division and Island Health. Many of the delegates who visited the Division booth expressed some degree of interest in Greater Victoria (and the Island), especially in respect of locum opportunities initially as they commence their medical careers. Many are residents who will be graduating in the Summer of 2019, and 2020. Next steps: direct engagement with each lead and continued promotion of the existing physician recruitment postings across the diverse patient populations and geographies of Greater Victoria, as well as potential opportunities in the emerging Primary Care Networks.
HOMEWOOD RAVENSVIEW OFFICIALLY OPEN
On Monday, June 17, Homewood Ravensview (formerly known as Dunsmuir Lodge) officially opened its doors. Ravensview is a private inpatient mental health, trauma, addiction, and concurrent disorders treatment program for adults, and is unique in that clients do not have to have a primary/secondary addiction to attend. If you have questions about Ravensview’s programming visit www.ravensview.com, if you would like to set up a tour of the facility please call Cassandra at 236-333-3893
DIVISIONS DISPATCH WILL NOW BE SHARED IN THE BULLETIN
Check each bulletin for the most recent edition(s) of the Divisions Dispatch newsletter.
MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER UPDATES
For any health updates, please click through to the Island Health website – this will include any measles status updates.
PNL No. 307 - Rabies
NEW - SOUTH ISLAND PHYSICIANS SUMMER BBQ
We are delighted to announce that the South Island & Victoria Divisions of Family Practice Physician Health & Wellness Committee has joined forces with the South Island MSA Physician Wellness and Social Committee to bring you the social event of the year! Please find all the details attached.
NEW - MINDFULNESS IN MEDICINE WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS - PHYSICIAN HEAL THYSELF
The practice and culture of Medicine can too often lead to imbalance, poor health and burnout. Mindfulness and meditation are evidence based tools that assist physicians, and our patients, to nurture wellness and resilience through the practice of self compassion, presence, and deep awareness.
Please join Dr. Mark Sherman and your community of colleagues for one of these upcoming transformative workshops or retreats! The workshops focus upon the theory and practice of mindfulness and meditation. During these four half days we will explore definitions, clinical evidence and neuroscience, and introducing key practices of self compassion, breath work and sitting meditation to nurture resilience and healing. We will also introduce practical mindfulness tools to keep us present in the important work that we do. The annual meditation retreat is an opportunity to delve deeply into meditation practice in order to recharge, heal, and build a practice for life.
September 27-30, 2019 - Foundations of Theory and Practice Workshop for Physicians and Their Partners, Long Beach Lodge Resort, Tofino, BC
November 29 - December 1, 2019 - Foundations of Theory and Practice Workshop for Health Professionals, Kingfisher Resort, Royston, BC
(physicians, nurses, social workers, counsellors, etc welcome)
May 24-29, 2020 - A Physician Meditation Retreat, Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC
Each workshop is accredited for 16 Mainpro+ group learning credits and has a 30 person limit, so please register <https://livingthismoment.ca/events/> today!
A WORKSHOP ON HOW TO HAVE BRAVE, HONEST CONVERSATIONS
The BC Chapter of the IAP2 Canada (International Association of Public Participation) is hosting an event at Victoria City Hall the afternoon of July 15 (2:00-4:30).
SGP tried to get this event as part of our Spring Conference but we couldn’t make the timing work. We’re promoting it to Victoria Physicians because we believe strongly in the content.
Come hear Stephani Roy McCallum speak about how to have Brave, Honest Conversations—navigate high emotion and conflict and ride it out to clearer skies. Stephani believes that brave, honest conversations are how we solve the problems we face in our world - together.
Steph is a Leadership Coach, Certified Professional Facilitator and a seasoned engagement leader specializing in conflict, high emotion and controversy.
In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will learn:
- What is a Brave, Honest Conversation? Why have one? What can change because of a brave, honest conversation?
- How do you have one? What do you need to think about and do?
- How do you prepare yourself for a brave, honest conversation?
- What is Brave? How do you step into courage to have these conversations?
More details and registration at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/workshop-brave-honest-conversations-tickets-63716720426
ENCOURAGE YOUR COLLEAGUES TO JOIN THE DIVISION
We encourage all members to promote the Division with their colleagues and encourage them to join us. The closer we are to 100% enrollment, the more we ensure we're representing the family practice community. Applications can be submitted online via this link.
Did You Know?
MHO link to ALL newsletters is on Pathways!
Login to Pathways at www.pathwaysbc.ca
To find the link simply type MHO into the search bar and click on the resource item Medical Health Officer (MHO) - Public Health Updates for Physicians (Island Health Authority) to open the web page.
Link can also be found under Physician Resources and in Featured Content on the homepage.
For information on:
Referral Tracker watch this 7 min video
Questions? Pathways access? Email: email@example.com
ER Tips & Tricks
Courtesy of Victoria Division of Family Practice, ER Tips and Tricks are a series of hands-on, focused guidelines intended to assist community GPs. Click here to view ER Tips & Tricks.
Tips for accessing Community Health Services: Looking for the best ways to access support from Island Health’s CHS team? We’ve picked up a few great tips and tricks to share with you: check the MOA Resources page of our website for helpful information!
Please visit our Resources section of the website for patient related resources.
NEW - BOUNCE BACK NEWSLETTER
Don’t forget about the Self-Management courses offered through Self-Management BC found here
Please see the Division's Calendar of Events
To view the most current employment postings please see the links below:
If you would like to post a position please download the appropriate form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 250-658-3304. We strive to keep our information current, so if any of the postings have been filled, please notify the office.
Succession Planning Guide
Are you looking to make a change to your practice? The Succession Planning Guide (.PDF) will lead you through the critical steps in your decision making process. For support or questions, contact email@example.com.
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